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Author Information: Yuri Olesha



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The talent of this scrupulous craftsman had only a brief blossoming. Olesha broke into print at twenty-eight with a novel, Envy (available in English), which may be read as a protest, in the name of humane values, against the Bolshevik cult of the machine. In the next half dozen years, aside from a piece of juvenile fiction, his writings consisted of a play, the heroine of which lists "the blessings" as well as "the crimes" of the Revolution, and a scenerio for a film, which was made but not shown, because it was declared "ideologically and artistically defective." During those years he also published the more substantial of his score of short stories.



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